Apple brings Windows 10 support to Mac in Boot Camp update
Apple announced through a Support Pages document published Wednesday that the latest version of Boot Camp, which is currently rolling out to OS X Yosemite users as a system update, now comes with support for 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.
In its document Apple details the process of installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 on a target Mac, while also covering upgrades from previous 32-bit or 64-bit Windows versions. In both cases, Boot Camp requires an ISO file to correctly install Windows 10 in its hard drive partition. Microsoft currently provides its 64-bit operating system as an ISO file, installation DVD or on a USB flash drive installer.
Along with Windows 10 software features, Apple says Boot Camp installs support the usual keyboard, trackpad and mouse hardware, along with USB 3 ports, USB-C on the 12-inch Retina MacBook, Thunderbolt, SD or SDXC card slots, built-in or USB Apple SuperDrive.
Apple also provides a list of Macs that support 64-bit versions of Windows 10:
- MacBook Pro with Retina display (13-inch, Late 2012 to Early 2015)
- MacBook Pro with Retina display (15-inch, Mid 2012 to Mid 2015)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012 to Early 2015)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012 to Early 2015)
- MacBook with Retina display (12-inch, Early 2015)
- iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, Late 2014 to Mid 2015)
- iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012 to Mid 2014)
- iMac (27-inch, Late 2012 to Late 2013)
- Mac mini (Late 2014)
- Mac mini Server (Late 2012)
- Mac mini (Late 2012)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Installing Windows 10 on a Mac that sports a Fusion Drive, Apple's branding for hybrid SSD/HDD systems, creates the Windows partition on the mechanical drive. As such, operating speeds might be slower than OS X on the same computer, as Apple installs its Mac OS on the SSD side for optimal performance.
As of this writing Boot Camp 6 is slowly making its way to end users and may not yet be available in all areas. Users can manually check for system updates via the Mac App Store.